Western Philosophical Traditions 2

MARYGROVE COLLEGE

WINTER 2011

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Course Syllabus

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Detailed Course Plan

Week 1: Preliminary Matters

Tues. 9/6

Required Reading: Read this website thoroughly.
Required Viewing: Watch this video

Thurs. 9/8 There will be an informational meeting about expectations for the term.

Required Reading: none
Required Work: none


Week 2: Philosophical Method

Tues. 9/13

Required Reading: none
Required Work: The Core Questions will be discussed in class. You can find them on this page under 'Course Information' above. Typed or computer-printed answers to the core questions should be brought to this class meeting. A page or two should suffice for the entire assignment.

Thurs. 9/15

Required Reading: The Basics of Philosophical Argumentation
Required Work: Visit the TPM website and take the “Philosophical Health Check” prior to attendance. Be ready to discuss your results in class.


Week 3: Modern Philosophy and Early Scientific Thought

Tues. 9/20

Required Reading: Bacon, The Novum Organon in SBMP, pp.45-52
Required Work: Review Questions for Bacon

Thurs. 9/22

Required Reading: Read Galileo, The Discourse on the Two Chief World Systems, the Second Day in SBMP, pp. 53-55 and 61-71.
Required Work: Review Questions for Galileo


Week 4

Tues. 9/27 (online?)

Required Reading: Descartes, Introduction and Discourse on Method, Chapter.2 in SBMP, pp. 87-94 Required Work: Review Questions for Descartes, Set 1

Thurs. 9/29

Required Reading: Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy,
Dedication, Preface, Synopsis, & Meditation 1: pp.1-17
Required Work:


Week 5:

Tues. 10/4 Note: There will be no class meeting on this day.

Required Reading:
Required Work:

Thurs. 10/6

Required Reading: Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy, Meditation 2: pp.17-24
Required Work: Review Questions for Descartes, Set 2


Week 6:

Tues. 10/11

Required Reading: Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy, Meditations 3 & 4: pp.24-42
Required Work:

Thurs. 10/13

Required Reading: Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy, Meditations 5 & 6: pp.42-59
Required Work:


Week 7: Natural Philosophy Comes of Age

Tues. 10/18

Required Reading: “Thomas Hobbes” and Hobbes, Leviathan, Chapters I-VI and IX.
Required Work: Review Questions for Hobbes, Set 1

Thurs. 10/20

Required Reading:
Required Work: Required Reading: Read Hobbes, Leviathan, Chapters XIII-XXI
Required Work: Review Questions for Hobbes, Set 2


Week 8:

Tues. 10/25

Required Reading:

Required Work: Review Questions for Newton

Thurs. 10/27

Required Reading: Hume: Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, §I-III, pp.1-15
Required Work: Review Questions for Hume, Set 1


Week 9:

Tues. 11/1

Required Reading: Hume: Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, §I-III, pp.1-15
Required Work: Review Questions for Hume, Set 1

Thurs. 11/3

Required Reading: Hume: Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, §I-III, pp.1-15
Required Work: Review Questions for Hume, Set 1


Week 10:

Tues. 11/8

Required Reading:
Required Work:

Thurs. 11/10

Required Reading: Hume: Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, §IV, pp.15-24
Required Work: Review Questions for Hume, Set 2


Week 11:

Tues. 11/15 (online?)

Required Reading: Hume: Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, §V, pp.25-37, & §XII part III, pp.111-4
Required Work: Review Questions for Hume, Set 3

Thurs. 11/17

Required Reading:

Required Work: Review Questions for Kant, Set 1


Week 12:

Tues. 11/22

Required Reading: Read the following sections of Kant, Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics

  • sections 14-23,
  • section 40, and
  • sections 57-60

Required Work: Review Questions for Kant, Set 2

Thurs. 11/24: No class, Thanksgiving Holiday

Required Reading:

Required Work: Review Questions for Peirce


Week 13:

Tues. 11/29

Required Reading: “William James” and James, “The Will to Believe
Required Work: Review Questions for James

Thurs. 12/1

Required Reading: “William James” and James, “The Will to Believe
Required Work: Review Questions for James


Week 14:

Mon. 12/6 (online?)

Required Reading: “A. J. Ayer” and Ayer, from Language, Truth, and Logic
Required Work: Review Questions for Ayer

Weds. 12/8

Required Reading: “The Analytic Philosophers”, “W.V.O. Quine” and Quine, “Two Dogmas of Empiricism” in LSHP pp. 1038-1054
Required Work: Review Questions for Quine


Week 15: Finals Week

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